Monday, 8 July 2013

A Weekend of Fun Days – 1 Swinton Grove

A grassy knoll, shaded by trees. Girls dressed in bee costumes, giving out wildflower seeds. An ice-cream van, a fire-engine and a bouncy castle. Games galore. And perfect weather for the Family Fun Day.
This was the start of a busy weekend for the Ordsall Acappella Singers. We helped to start the day off by singing just after the mayor had opened the event. We then moved as a group around the park and serenaded the various sideshows – and of course, the queue for the ice-cream. The Gaskell Society wanted a picture of us in front of the house. We were happy to oblige and each held up a leaflet. However, it did mean that one of their members had to stand in the middle of the road to take the photo. That was a little scary.
We are looking forward to visiting the house, which is right next to this delightful little park, when the renovations are finished. We hope we’ll get to sing there.
The Friends of Swinton Grove were generous and provided us all with a healthy home-made burger lunch.
It was a lovely afternoon. There was just enough breeze and enough shade to make it pleasant and not too hot but also enough sunshine to invite local families into the park.  
We performed our final set on the grassy knoll in the shade. For most people we were just a background sound, hopefully a pleasant one. One young girl, about eleven or twelve I’m guessing, seemed fascinated and followed us from spot to spot. I hope she’ll get to join a choir one day.
We hope we pleased the people who listened. We certainly enjoyed ourselves.     

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